The OECD carries out work on health data and indicators to improve international comparisons and economic analyses of health systems.
Health workers are crucial for ensuring access to high quality care for the whole population. The OECD advises countries on how to meet future demand for health professionals and how to manage the supply of health workers, by reviewing policies related to education and training, continuous professional development, geographic distribution and immigration.
Health care quality is a core dimension of health system performance. The Health Care Quality and Outcomes programme aims to develop and report indicators for international comparisons of health care quality.
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Access our COVID-19 OECD Health System Response Tracker to learn more about the initial OECD countries' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Latest OECD figures on health spending show that health spending grew by 2.5% in 2018 with provisional estimates pointing to around 2.4% growth in 2019. OECD spending on health as a share of GDP has remained at around 8.8% on average since 2017, according to OECD Health Statistics 2020, updated in November 2020.
Indicators include nanotech firms, nanotech R&D, public sector R&D expenditure and nanotechnology patents.
Statistics on biotechnology firms, biotechnology R&D (including public sector expenditures), biotech applications and patents.
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Download this selection of key indicators from OECD Health Statistics 2020, in Excel. June 2020 version.
OECD Health Statistics 2020 is the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. All online datasets have been updated on 1 July 2020.
Hospitals are important targets in national efforts to improve health system performance. The OECD currently collects a number of acute care measures of hospital performance on a national level, such as the mortality rate within 30 days of patients being admitted to hospital after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Several effective strategies to lower AMI mortality rates in OECD countries have been identified.